Monday, November 7, 2011

Toddler "Braveheart" Costume

Hey Guys,
No artwork to post today, but we do have a little modeling/tutorial featuring our oldest son, Noah. He went as William Wallace, who was made famous by Mel Gibson's movie "Braveheart". It's a very easy costume to make and I can't even begin to say how many people said they loved it and that he would have won a costume contest for sure if they had one at the place we went to for Halloween. Enjoy!
 What You'll Be Creating:

This is after he wore it for a while 
so some things are coming undone.

I would really advise you making a mock costume for any idea you have to see if they will wear it before you go head long into it. Kids are picky so be prepared to practice patience when they don't want to wear something they wore 2 days ago.

To start this off I just want to say that he was going to dress up like a dinosaur until I can home one day to see that his sister's had colored all over his face.

The blue line on his face was the thing that reminded me of Braveheart, and is the reason I decided to see if I could make it happen. I went online first and found a couple of pictures to base his costume off of. I wasn't shooting for perfection, so we went with a mix of 2 different scenes. I just wanted to get some shots of the clothing and makeup that stood out to me. I'm a huge fan of Braveheart so it didn't take me long to find what I needed.

Reference Pics:

The plus side to all this is that I found everything I needed from a trip to Walmart and Goodwill for under $20.00. I think I could have found everything at Goodwill, but some things were at the Walmart that I went to first.


1. Little boy/Little girl :)

2. Flannel Adult Pajama pants. 

3. Sword. I found a $2.00 sword at Walmart in the costume section. Toy section was a no go.

4. Wig. I couldn't find a good wig and my son wouldn't keep it on, so I bought a cheap brown shirt cut it up to the collar, and slipped it over his hair line. He wore it and didn't complain about having it on. Another method is buying a stocking hat and somehow fastening yarn to it. There is a ton of yarn hair tutorials online so find the one that works best for you. Unfortunately, some kids won't wear a hat. It still looks cool without the hair. 
5. One thick Adult belt for around the shoulders, and one thin Child's or Woman's belt for around the waist.
6. Safety Pins to keep the pajamas in place if you want to use them afterwards. I wear them at night :)
7. Brown shirt or sweatshirt. It's colder now and we found a nice warm long sleeved shirt for him. 
8. Blue Marker.
Remember, this is how I made it. Feel free to change things up. We didn't use a gauntlet cause I knew he wouldn't keep it on, but you could make one with a painted paper towel roll that's cut up to fit and then taped back together. I also wanted to use little gold circle stickers for his shirt to match the cover in the left picture.
Putting it All Together:

This is all coming from what you're child will allow you to do. We put the pajama kilt on a day or two before so he could get comfortable with it. He took my practice belt off when I put it on so I bought softer belts for the costume. Noah was in a happy mood so it was easy to set it all up.

1. If you don't have a wig, then cut one of the brown shirts into strips up to the collar. Don't cut the collar! Put cut up shirt aside till last step.

2. Put on nice brown shirt. Easy.
3. Pajama Kilt: I wish I had pictures to walk you through this, but in all honesty it's really easy. I would recommend some warm black or flesh colored pants underneath in case it's cold outside.Other than that, you just drape one pant leg over a shoulder so that the end of it goes to their butt. Hold the back in place as you wrap the waistline of the pajamas around your child's waist (pajama waist will be sideways/horizontal as you wrap it), going over the back part you are holding and then the other pant leg around again. You can wrap the pant legs underneath everything like you do with a towel and safety pin everything in place. You'll catch on quickly when yo do it and it should hold fast by the second try. 

4. Fasten the thick belt around the opposite shoulder that the kilt is on. You may have to make your own hole. Cut remaining belt off so it doesn't flap around.

5. Fasten the thin belt around waist to help support pajama kilt.

6. Follow the reference picture to color face with the blue marker.

7. Put on wig or cut up shirt or yarn hat or whatever. 
8. Hand them a sword and teach him how to scream "FREEDOM!!!!!!!!"
Some extra's are boots that match the movie, the gauntlet, a braid for the hair, 5 o'clock shadow, etc. We used the only black shoes we had and the kilt covered them nicely.

There you go :)

You can also have a ton of fun playing with this idea. You could do it all in different shades of pink and make a little girls "Pink Braveheart". I think it would be really cool to see a 2-year-old girl running around in a pink kilt, dark pink shirt, white belts and a bright pink face.

That's it for this post. Have fun and God Bless,

Ephesians 6: 11-12 NIV

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your 
stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not 
against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the 
authorities, against the powers of this dark world and 
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

Friday, October 14, 2011

Illustration Friday-Maria-Scattered

Hello World! I was going through my kids old drawings that I have meant to scan and put on here and I found this cute/quick sketch Maria did of a bunch of squirrels running around a tree. I went onto Illustration Friday and saw that the word was "Scattered" and thought that this would work really well.

Scattered Squirrels

"But you just said they're mine."
God Bless You,

Jeremiah 31:10 ESV

“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and 
declare it inthe coastlands far away; say, 
‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and 
will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’"

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Illustration Friday-Maria-Hibernate

It's funny how art happens. I tell my daughter the word for this week and she kind of shrugs it off. Then out of nowhere she hands me a drawing that I don't think lives up to her potential. I scan it, and open it in Photoshop to darken it a bit so it stands out, and I think it looks amazing now because it now has a textured look in the background (I'm known to like rough pencil sketches more than finished projects). It's weird how you can change your mind about something when you look at it in a different light.

Maria-6-Colored Pencil

I really like how she signed her name inside of that rock. Fun!

May God Bless You,

Psalm 4:8

"I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Illustration Friday-Elissa-Imperfect

Welcome Back!!! Elissa decided to sharpen her colored pencils and jump in on this one. I'm really happy with her idea, and I'm totally in love with the colors :) Check it out!!!

Elissa-4-Colored Pencil

It's a flower without any petal going up the middle. On your left you will find some 
of the most colorful butterflies ever, and on your right, for some reason, polka dots?!?!

I still love the colors :)

God Bless You All So Much!!!
Love, Elissa

Romans 10: 9-10 ESV

"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord 
and believe inyour heart that God raised him from the dead, you 
will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified,
and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."

Illustration Friday-Maria-Imperfect

Welcome back!!! Maria threw down for this one :) As I've said before, she loves dogs, so she based her drawing around one again.

Maria-6-Colored Pencil

It's a three-legged dog, but check out that smile :)
He knows he's not like the rest of his friends, and while that may
not make him perfect, he doesn't really seem to let it get to him.

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless You!!!

Romans 10: 9-10

"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord 
and believe inyour heart that God raised him from the dead, you 
will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified,
and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Illustration Friday-Maria-Gesture



Welcome to our Art Blog. Maria was really happy with her drawing for Illustration Friday's word, gesture. She loves dogs and was happy to incorporate one into her piece. She named him Digger, and Digger is gesturing to the bird that he will bite it if it comes any closer. Check out them teeth!!!

Here is a picture of her with her huge stuffed dog. She uses her as a pillow.

God Bless You All,
Love Maria :)

Proverbs 12:10 NIV
"A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, 
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Illustration Friday-Maria-Stay


This was a bit of a stickler for Maria to come up with an idea for this weeks word. She knew what it meant, but her mind just couldn't put a visual to it. I usually don't like to help them come up with an idea so they can learn to draw from their own creativity, but she was stumped. I finally gave in and reminded her of how she had to stay in a room for most of the day when we went together on a Missions Trip to Bad Berneck, Germany for 3 weeks ago to help with some construction. She wasn't allowed in the construction area so she had to keep herself busy with drawing, and coloring, and taking pictures.

 She was well rewarded for her patience :)

 And it really wasn't that uncomfortable of a room ;)

 All and all, we had a blast helping a local church with renovations (, Maria got to learn patience, watch a lot of cartoons, visit some really cool places, and enjoy a 10 day Daddy/Daughter date.


God Bless You,

Psalm 37:9

"For the evildoers shall be cut off,
   but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Absolute Laziness!!!

My children have been lazy for the past couple of weeks and haven't been churning out anything. With that being said, I do have a ton of older pictures to upload, but I have been to lazy to scan them and post them as well. We have achieved absolute laziness!!!

We haven't really had much time to encourage them to draw anything new with the other tasks life brings our way (babysitting for friends, birthday parties, math, reading, etc.). We have been spending a lot of time recently getting ready for Maria and I's mission trip to Germany. I hope she takes the time to be inspired while we are there. Until then, I would like to continue to post here with something and all I have on my computer at work is a piece I did a while ago that includes Maria when she was 2 (her modeling is artistic, right?) Anyways...


"Princess Butterfly and 
the Traveling Turtle"

Wanted to make it look like it was found in the bottom of a circus trunk 
(whatever that means). Needs more destruction in my opinion. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out her cuteness!!!

God Bless

Mark 16:15

"And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Resurrection Day!!!

Here's a little Drawing Maria did her first time experimenting with Adobe Illustrator. She's used Photoshop for a while now and seemed to take to it pretty well.

Easter Bunny

She's going to get around to coloring it soon, but we are too busy having a fun time on this beautiful Resurrection Day. Christ is Risen Indeed!!!

1 Corinthians 15:20 NIV

 "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, 
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep."

Friday, April 8, 2011

Maria - Trip to the Pet Store

For a fun, free zoo like experience, take your little ones to the Pet Store. We did, and Maria drew a picture to prove it :)

The Pet Store

She's feeding the fish!

God Bless!
Love, Maria

Mark 1:17 NIV
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Illustration Friday - Elissa - Cultivate

I really didn't think my older girls were going to do anything for this weeks Illustration Friday, and then I came home to be pleasantly surprised. I love it when my girls pour over a drawing all by themselves and give me something that they are proud of. Elissa really mad me happy because she told me the day before, "I can't draw broccoli," and I told her, "That's because you've never drawn it before." I then began to explain how you look at it in order to draw it, and if you mess up, you have learned something along the way that you can put to the next drawing you do. You keep drawing and drawing until it looks the way you want. She did!!!

Elissa-4-Colored Pencl

I really like that her blond hair is pulled up in this picture. The design on the shirt alsotells me that she's paying attention to detail. She's holding a green tomato and her broccoli. Like I told her, draw it until you are happy!

Here's a link to her sister's picture for Illustration Friday

God Bless You, 

Gen 2:8 KJV

"And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; 
and there he put the man whom he had formed."

Illustration Friday - Maria - Cultivate

I really didn't think my older girls were going to do anything for this weeks Illustration Friday, and then I came home to be pleasantly surprised. I love it when my girls pour over a drawing all by themselves and give me something that they are proud of.

Maria-5-Colored Pencil

Here's a link to her sister's drawing. 

Again, I couldn't be prouder of both of them this week and really pray that everyone learns the lesson I learned a while ago. Some times you have to stand back to make room for their imagination!

God Bless You,

Gen 2:8 KJV

"And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; 
and there he put the man whom he had formed."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Maria - A Bird and A Kitty

Sometimes I'm going to dedicate posts to one of my kids. Maria is the spotlight for today. She is the reason I even started an art blog (it was just for her and then turned into one for all of them). She produces the most work and will probably take up a good deal of space here because of it. She is the oldest, and has the most patience in completing her pictures, so that's another reason you'll see a lot of her work on here. Without further ado:

I See A Bird
Maria-5-Colored Pencil

My guess is that she saw a bird one day and decided to memorialize it. 
Poor Sun. She sees that thing everyday and didn't say anything about it :)

Maria-5-Colored Pencil

This the one of the first pictures she ever did that really showed her 
talent. I told her we could take the kitty and turn it into a movie one day.
Has that happened? No, terrible dad that I am, but I did do this:

It's not what I promised but it's something I did to help make the process of
animating her work a little easier. I'm going to get her to draw all the parts needed
and then help her animate it one day with Photoshop. I'm really looking forward to this.

Thanks for stopping by.

Psalm 103:13 ESV

"As a father shows compassion to his children, 
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Illustration Friday - Maria - Stir

Maria was in a hurry to do this one. We went through all the things that stir could mean and she liked her mom's idea of a little girl beginning to stir out of bed. I was hoping she would do stir crazy, but alas, It was not to be. Here it is.

Beginning to Stir
Maria-5-Colored Pencil

She's stretching so that's why her neck is long. Daddy thinks she woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Mommy thinks Daddy should say nicer things but Daddy thinks that's pretty nice ;)

God Bless You!

Ephesians 5:14 God's Word Translation

"Because light makes everything easy to see. That's why it says: 
"Wake up, sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.""

Picture on Our Pillow

Our kids wake up before us usually, and we leave some paper and crayons or colored pencils out for them to draw. We were pleasantly surprised to find this picture on our pillow.

I had a roommate a couple years back whose dog would leave presents on my pillow while I was away. Those didn't make me smile. This did :) It's a lady with a pretty hat and a cat with flowers on it's head going to the bank. I asked her where she got the idea to draw this and she said in between bites of her breakfast, "I just got the idea, and then I just drawed it." That didn't answer my question, but what did I expect. She was eating. 

Psalm 112:5 ESV
"It is well with the man who deals generously 
and ends, who conducts his affairs with justice."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


The girls learned all about turtles last week for school and Mommy had them make little turtles out of play-doh. She liked them so much that she hot glued them together :) I thought they were cute as well, and the girls were so proud of them that we thought that they needed a home on the interwebs.

The Gang

Maria's is on the left, Jessa's is in the middle and Elissa's is on the right.

Here's some single shots!

Maria made a 
Loggerhead Sea Turtle

 Jessa made a
Box Turtle

 Elissa Made a 
Painted Turtle

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Illustration Friday - Elissa - Warning

Welcome back to our art blog! Elissa was excited about doing this one and actually wanted us to do some research to see what a Police car has on it. She was the one that came up with the Police Car as a warning to people and her older sister played off the idea and used it on hers too! Here's her picture!

Elissa-4-Colored Pencil

I hope the next time you see a police car with it's lights on it is a warning to you to be safe and not stopping you to keep other people safe ;)

Thanks and God Bless,

Romans 13:3-4

For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Illustration Friday - Maria - Warning

Welcome back to our art blog! Today Maria has a special surprise for her Illustration Friday post. Not only did she do a picture, but we recorded what she did and made a time lapse of it so you can see how she does it.

The Tornado Warning

It's a police officer warning another car that there is a tornado. She got the idea when she saw that her sister was drawing a Police car. Pretty exciting stuff if you ask me :)

Here is the time lapse for it:

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!

Romans 13:3-4

For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Illustration Friday - Elissa - Swarm

Thank you for checking out Elissa's picture. It's for Illustration Friday's word Swarm and she drew it in colored pencil. She loves the winter and the snow and thought that a swarm of snow would make a very pretty picture. Here it is :)
The Snow
Elissa - 4 - Colored Pencil

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!

Job 38:22
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, 
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail?"

Illustration Friday - Maria - Swarm

Hello everybody. This is my picture for Illustration Friday. I know what a swarm is because I just read about it in the Little House on the Prairie book called On the Banks of Plum Creek. where the grasshoppers come and swarm where they live. Here is my picture. 

The Bugs and the Tea Party

Thank you for visiting! God Bless You!

Psalm 105:31 ESV
"He spoke, and there came swarms 
of flies, and gnats throughout their country."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jessa's First Pictures

My youngest girl, Jessa, is the family smile pot. She's all about being goofy and having fun. It's very rare for her to sit down and actually concentrate on anything (she like to run in circles saying, "Doh-Dee-Doh-Dee-Rarr," and such) and watching her draw makes me laugh. I love that she was able to concentrate enough to finish these two pieces. Enjoy!

Polka Dots

Jessa-2-Colored Pencil

Matthew 25:21 ESV
"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been 
faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Illustration Friday - Elissa - Layers

I'm so excited because Elissa is finally learning to draw on the Wacom Tablet. She's been getting discouraged, but was able to color some. This is a really big step and an opening into a wonderful world for her. Here is her picture for Illustration Fridays word, Layers.

Rockity Rock
Elissa-4-Pencil/Digital Color


Psalms 71:17 NIV

"Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, 
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds."

Illustration Friday - Maria - Layers

Ah, another beautiful day outside. Check out my picture for Illustration Friday's word Layers, and then go play. That's what I'm doing :)

Wedding Cake
Maria-5-Pencil/Digital Color

Great Day!!!

Psalms 71:17 NIV

"Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Elissa - Hug a Bug

Here's the first drawing by my second Daughter, Elissa. This isn't just the first picture she's done for this blog, but it's the first picture that she's been happy enough for me to scan. Praying this will build up her confidence and keep her drawing super pictures :)

Hug a Bug
Thanks for coming by! Enjoy Jesus Today!!!

Psalms 67: 3 The Message

 God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
 Let all people thank and enjoy you.

Welcome to Set Apart Kids Art

Welcome to the artistic outpourings of Maria, Elissa, Jessa and Noah (+ 1 more on the way). My name is Rick (aka Daddy) and I couldn't be any prouder of my 4 kids and their love for creation. We are a happy, joy-filled Christian home, and nothing could be more flattering to the Father then to imitate Him. I began this site to give them an outlet for the things they create. Some is done during Home School art time, some for Illustration Friday, and some just for the fun of it. We appreciate you visiting and would love you to come by often and be blessed. Here is a taste of what's to come.

The Gardener

The number 5 is how old she is, and the digital is what medium it is. Some pictures will be drawn straight to Photoshop, and others will be on paper and then scanned. Other, non flat pieces, will be photographed.

Again, we hope this site blesses you, encourages you to see that you're never to young (or old) to start something, and over all just puts joy into your heart.
Matthew 18: 1-4 ESV

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.